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Haas new football coach at Northampton

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Kyle Haas has found a new home, as the former Bethlehem Catholic football coach was formerly approved to become Northampton’s new head coach during Monday’s school board meeting.

Haas served as Bethlehem Catholic’s interim head coach in 2016, leading the program to an 11-4 mark, which included a District 11 4A title and an appearance in the state semifinals, while current Becahi head coach Joe Henrich took a year off from the sidelines for personal reasons.

The hiring of Haas is one that Northampton hopes can bring them back to a consistently, competitive level, as the K-Kids went 12-36 in four seasons under former head coach Mark Scisly. The program hasn’t bounced above .500 since 2008 and Haas certainly knows the challenges he’ll be facing coming into the job.

“If we’re going to close the gap in the Lehigh Valley, we need to work harder in the weight room,” said Haas. “I’m a big believer in the weight room and that’s going to be one of the things we focus on right away.

“I think Northampton has a chance to compete by playing two years in the EPC North, but we need to work hard. That’s something that needs to be stressed.”

Northampton athletic director Shaun Murray interviewed five candidates for the position and Haas’ experience and plan for the program ultimately sold the brass on tasking him to overhaul the football program.

“His experience at the high school and collegiate level, as well as his familiarity with the EPC and time spent on staffs was important for us,” said Murray. “Kyle’s ability to relate with kids and the feedback we got about him was very high. He really came in here and lined out a plan for us that I think everyone will be excited about.”

Haas spent last season as the running backs coach at Moravian College, but now will get his ultimate wish of heading a high school program again.

“Taking a year off from high school and coaching at Moravian was a good experience, but it wasn’t the same as being a head coach,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to meeting these players and getting a staff together.”